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Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...


New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

Since the lucky residents of Walthamstow got a brand new Empire in 2014, Lewisham is the now the only London borough without a cinema. To combat this injustice, the NXDFFF is screening films in all sorts of unusual venues: the Big Red (a pizzeria in a London bus, where you can watch back-to-back cat videos), The Shaftesbury Christian Centre and the Sanford Housing Cooperative are all taking part. Screenings include open-air, bike-powered showings of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (Fordham Park, Saturday April 25, 7pm) and 'Wizard of Oz' (Telegraph Hill Upper Park, Sunday May 5, 8.30pm), a 'Frozen' Sing-along at Deptford Lounge (Sunday May 5, 2pm) and Gus van Sant's controversial film 'Elephant' at Goldsmiths College (Wednesday April 29, 7.30pm).

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Various Venues Until Sunday May 3 2015 Free

The Other Art Fair

The annual artist-led fair has a new spring/summer home at Bloomsbury's Victoria House. Featuring work by 120 artists who are not represented by a gallery, visitors are given the unique chance to interact directly with the creators of the work on show.  This year’s special guest artist, Gavin Turk will be presenting a photographic series, ‘Project Beard’ for which he removed his beard in stages to represent iconic artists from Morris to Dali.

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Victoria House Sunday April 26 2015

Model Market

Last year the makers of Street Feast brought their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham. Foodies of south east London loved it so much that it's back in 2015, serving delicious portable dinners from the likes of Rola Wala, Mother Flipper and SmokeStak. Booze comes in all sorts of varieties, most notably alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.

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Model Market Friday May 1 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Secret 7"

Seven tracks from seven well-known bands and artists are each pressed 100 times into 7" singles, then creatives from around the world illustrate the cover artwork for one of the seven tracks, resulting in a very limited-edition piece of art that you can own, for the reasonable sum of £50. All 700 sleeves on show will go on sale on May 4, with song and artist both being kept secret until the purchase. Artists this year include Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono and Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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Somerset House Until Sunday May 3 2015 Free

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. More than 250 specimens from the Natural History Museum's collections will also be on show, including coral collected by Darwin on the HMS Beagle. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday September 13 2015
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The Falling

British director Carol Morley offers a striking, courageous drama set in an all-girls school

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While We’re Young

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are ageing reluctantly in indie darling Noah Baumbach's witty generation-clash comedy

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